A Kiss to Tell by Willow Winters
Released: August 14, 2018
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Willow Winters
Reviewed by Keyrsten
I didn’t need anyone to tell me, I knew he was forbidden with a single glance.
He was a boy I should be afraid of and definitely a boy I should never want. No matter how much neither of those statements were true.
From the first time I saw him, Sebastian had a hard stare that pinned me in place.
And, years later, it hasn’t softened.
We lived on the same street, went to the same school, though he was a year ahead.
Even so close, he was untouchable.
He was bad news and I was the sad girl who didn’t belong.
One night changed everything.
We both had secrets. We both saw the pain in each other’s eyes.
That gaze that gave me chills, turned to a lust-filled haze that heated every inch of me.
But that didn’t change who he was. A man who would take everything from me.
Chloe Rose has mercilessly had to suffer through so much despair and loneliness in her short 20 years of living. She can bear to let herself sleep for fear of the nightmares that take her every time she closes her eyes. It had been years since the nightmares plagued her sleep, but they returned with a vengeance once the man who murdered her mother was found dead. She longs for Sebastian to sweep in and kiss the pain away like he did that one day 5 years ago. She needs him like she needs air to breathe, but is she strong enough to ask him to give her everything?
Sebastian Black has been in love with Chloe since the day he met her, but he can't burden her with his darkness. He cannot afford to be her everything, because if he gives in to everything he's ever wanted it will paint a target on her back for all of his enemies to see. He thought he could swing in under the cover of darkness just this once to help her sleep and then extract himself like he had done time and time again, but this time is different. Chloe is breaking before his eyes and he can't fathom not being there to hold the pieces together, consequences be damned.
The connection between Sebastian and Chloe is electric. At first I didn't quite understand their connection since they barely acknowledged each other, but as the story goes on and I learned more of their past I came to understand it. The silent protector. The unrelenting rock. The gentle caregiver. Sebastian has always been in the shadows, but in the was there to pick up the pieces even when Chloe didn't understand why she mattered to him. Though the connection was there, I wish we were shown more of how it was built rather than be told. I feel as though I would have been able to connect more to them if I would have been able to build that connection with them, then be told of how it came to be. I felt there was so much I was missing in their story, that I was left needing more so that I could lose myself in their love and story.
The plot of the story was interesting and though I was able to figure out who the culprit was, I was a left feeling like the end of their story wasn't really complete. Chloe and Sebastian were fragile, but I feel like they needed to face what was going on head on and who was behind it all to strengthen their relationship. "Don't do that again," he warns me. "Don't let me hurt you." They let themselves down by not trusting each other enough to face their demons head on. They let themselves hurt each other by keeping their secrets and being afraid of what it could mean for their love if they are honest in this tragedy. The high of the climax is still present at the end of the book, and it doesn't really feel like their is a resolution for them. Their story wasn't over, even though the book had ended.
Sometimes we tend to hide away our broken pieces, afraid that they will scare away those around us. Even when you are broken, sometimes allowing yourself to be broken with someone else is what can help put you back together. Chloe and Sebastian may still be broken, but they are finally starting to mend their pieces together.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.